• Posted:Thursday, July 8, 2010
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Time to book an Edinburgh hostel for the jazz and blues festival?
The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival is nearly upon us and for those visiting the Scottish city later in summer there will be ten days of music to enjoy.

The event starts on July 30th when a small exhibition at Central Library launches, based on the history of jazz north of the border.

If booking an Edinburgh hostel is necessary for the trip up north then people may be wise to secure their accommodation sooner rather than later, given the popularity of the area at this time of year.

Among the artists ready to entertain visitors are Freddie King, Alvin Youngblood Hart and the Fat Sams Band, who will provide "high-energy, toe-tapping, finger-snapping" tunes, according to the organisers of the festival.

Later on in the week there is an opportunity to listen to jazz al fresco in the surrounds of the Grassmarket, while a conversation with the editor of Jazz Journal, Mark Gilbert, will take place at the Hub.

That particular venue is also home to a discussion on August 5th with Chris Barber, who will be speaking to Dave Batchelor about his career in the business.

Fleetwood Mac's legendary founder Peter Green is also set to appear at the HMV Picture House during the celebrations, as are the "hugely popular" Antique Six band at Heriots Rugby Club.

One of the highlights of the week for many tourists may be the return of Les Doigts De L'Homme to Edinburgh, following their sell-out show in 2009.

"Les Doigts merge their Django roots with rock sensibilities delivering swing and fiery guitar solos with fabulous technique and musicianship; unashamed showmanship and irreverent humour," the festival's organisers added.

Tickets range in price for each gig, but many of the plans are completely free and should therefore provide more cash to spend on other activities while staying at the range of Edinburgh hostels available.

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